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signified

[sig-nuh-fahyd] /ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪd/
noun, Linguistics
1.
the thing or concept denoted by a sign.
Compare signifier.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; signify + -ed2
Related forms
unsignified, adjective

signify

[sig-nuh-fahy] /ˈsɪg nəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), signified, signifying.
1.
to make known by signs, speech, or action.
2.
to be a sign of; mean; portend.
verb (used without object), signified, signifying.
3.
to be of importance or consequence.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English signifien < Old French signifier < Latin significāre to make a sign, indicate, mention, denote. See sign, -ify
Related forms
signifiable, adjective
unsignifiable, adjective
Synonyms
1. signal, express, indicate. 2. represent, indicate, denote, betoken, imply.
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Examples for signified
  • One could say that the government's talk of cuts has been full of sound and fury, but signified nothing.
  • Or as the semiologists would say, a politician's rhetoric is the signifier rather than the signified.
  • Truth consists in a correspondence between the thing signified and the signification of it.
  • National quirks that previously signified greatness were now derided.
  • What is signified in regard to the immediate future was, however, left in curious uncertainty.
  • The worth of the thing signified must vindicate our taste for the emblem.
  • About a hundred years ago saddles were elevated from cowhands' working tools to dream objects that signified the frontier.
  • Which is why personal things are so relentlessly aestheticized: this is how their importance is signified, and their depth.
  • And he was pretty sure he knew what the myrtle reference signified.
  • The collection consists of coordinated bed and bath at three price levels, signified by blue, white and silver labels.
British Dictionary definitions for signified

signify

/ˈsɪɡnɪˌfaɪ/
verb (when transitive, may take a clause as object) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to indicate, show, or suggest
2.
(transitive) to imply or portend the clouds signified the coming storm
3.
(transitive) to stand as a symbol, sign, etc (for)
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to be significant or important
Derived Forms
signifiable, adjective
signifier, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French signifier, from Latin significāre, from signum a sign, mark + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for signified
signify
mid-13c., from O.Fr. signifier (12c.), from L. significare "to show by signs, mean, signify," from significus (adj.), from signum "sign" (see sign (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Intrans. sense of "to be of importance" is attested from 1660s. Meaning "engage in mock-hostile banter" is Amer.Eng. black slang first recorded 1932.
"...'signifying,' which in Harlemese means making a series of oblique remarks apparently addressed to no one in particular, but unmistakable in intention in such a close-knit circle." ["Down Beat," March 7, 1968]
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Slang definitions & phrases for signified

signify

verb

To make provocative comments in a gamelike manner; snap, sound: any black kid who has stood in a school yard or on a street corner engaging in the mock-hostile banter that blacks call ''signifying''/ In Chicago you still get people doing the old-style rhyming; that's called signifying (1932+ Black)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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